Coconut Rice Porridge with Orange Date Compote

Thank you to Julie for introducing me to the blog “My Darling Lemon Thyme.”  It is a goldmine for great ideas.  This porridge was inspired by My Darling Lemon Thyme’s Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding with Date Compote.  -Amanda

Coconut Rice Porridge with Orange Date Compote

For the Rice Porridge:

1/2 cup arborio rice

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 1/2 cups water

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch salt

For the Orange Date Compote:

1/4 cup dates, chopped

1/4 cup orange juice

Directions

1.  For the rice porridge:  Place the rice in a small saucepan over medium low heat.  Add the coconut milk and water, 1/3 of a cup at a time, stirring constantly.  Add cinnamon.  Cook 15-20 minutes, until tender.  Turn the heat off, and add the maple syrup, vanilla and salt.

2.  For the date compote:  While the rice porridge is cooking, combine dates and orange juice over low heat in a small saucepan.  Heat until the dates begin to break down into the orange juice.

3.  To assemble:  Pour the rice porridge into a bowl.  Dollop the date compote on top.  Enjoy!

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